New Land, North of the Columbia was the topic on which Dr. Lorraine McConaghy engaged our imaginations at the Ballard Historical Society spring lecture at Ballard Landmark on Wednesday, April 4. Thank you to MOHAI public historian McConaghy, who shared not only the documents uncovered in her two-year journey, but stories of the lives of the residents of what is now the state of Washington. Though she says much of primary research is “pencil scratches on light blue or beige paper,” she was an engaging speaker and we enjoyed maps, family photographs, handwritten letters and even the artistry of full-color apple labels! All bounty from our state’s historical societies, libraries and regional archives that she encouraged us to visit on our travels. Members of the public joined in with residents of the Ballard Landmark. Thank you to Leslie Elvebak of the Ballard Landmark, and to BHS trustee Lesli Billings for coordinating the evening and providing refreshments. And finally, thank you to Humanities Washington for making this and other speakers available to Washington audiences through its Speakers Bureau.
Dr. McConaghy’s lecture was based on her latest book, New Land, North of the Columbia, and she signed purchased copies. Local bookstore Secret Garden Books was on hand to coordinate sales, so we hope you’ll stop by to purchase your own copy. Dr. McConaghy speaks next in Issaquah at the Train Depot Museum.
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Coming up: See us at the Syttende Mai parade on Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m. — only in Ballard! Pics from Sytttende Mai Parade 2011.